RESIDENTS in South Yorkshire are being invited to a public exhibition to find out about plans to reduce congestion on the M1.
Works are planned for over 10-and-a-half miles of the M1 from junction 32, at Thurcroft, to junction 35a, which joins the A616 at Stocksbridge.
As part of the ‘managed motorway’ scheme, the hard shoulder will be converted to a permanent traffic lane, with variable speed limits displayed on signs to control the flow of traffic.
Work is set to start later this year, and exhibitions are being held at The Source in Meadowhall this Friday from 2pm to 8pm, and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
Highways Agency staff will be on hand to listen to comments and answer visitors’ questions.
Phil Jones, senior project manager, said: “By being a managed motorway, this section of the M1 will provide much-needed additional capacity, easing congestion and making journey times more reliable for the road users and businesses that use it every day – this in turn will support economic growth.”
A similar project is also being planned for the M1 between junctions 28 and 31, near Chesterfield and Worksop.
Log on to www.highways.gov.uk/m1j32-35amm for more information or call the helpline on 0300 1235000.